12 day, 552 episode Simpsons marathon coming to FXX on 8/21

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  1. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    It is fun! I have the first 7 seasons on DVD but never really watch them. and definitely not binge / marathon watch.
     
  2. alansh

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    "Bart, how would you like it if 20 years from now people were laughing at things you did?"
    "Not likely."
    -- "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song"

    First aired 4/28/1994. I'll bet they never thought it'd actually happen.
     
  3. realityboy

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    Looks like it's zoomed in instead of stretched. Not the best choice but it's not like the early animation is that high quality anyway.
     
  4. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    Yes, they've butchered the non-HD season episodes.
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwi...o-wont-someone-think-of-the-children-20140822

    And well put
    https://twitter.com/SamuelAAdams/status/502688519500750848
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  5. realityboy

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    I've seen those articles, and they all show jokes that are cut off on episodes that haven't aired yet. I think FXX will actually not cut them off. They've actually made some effort to not ruin things so far. For example, I've noticed that whenever the Simpsons are watching tv the picture goes to 4x3 as opposed to cutting off the top & bottom of their tv.
     
  6. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    It's even worse watching FXX in SD (at least on Charter). They're postage stamping the SD signal so there's a big border around the whole picture. So not only is the program is in the wrong aspect ratio, it doesn't even fill the screen, which is the intended purpose of cropping it to 16x9.
     
  7. GoPackGo

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    I was just going to say this. I've noticed that too, and so far haven't seen any jokes they have been ruined by the zooming.
     
  8. alansh

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    Yeah, it looks like they're using a mix of zoom, stretch, and pillar boxing, depending on the scene. Unfortunately, the pillar box is only used when showing a TV.

    I do prefer seeing everything in the original aspect.
     
  9. realityboy

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    Yep, that would've been preferable, and the version on the SD channel is inexcusable, but I do appreciate that some effort was put into the transition.

    I worked at a Fox station before, and while we had all of the episodes in the correct aspect ratio, the quality was not as good as these as some of the DVC tapes were decades old. Plus of course, those were the syndication cuts.
     
  10. TonyD79

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    Uh. If you are watching SD, it would presumably be on an SD television, so it would appear letter boxed. Which is exactly what you'd expect for a 16x9 program. They wouldn't have two running side by side, they just downrez the HD picture.
     
  11. alansh

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    "I used to rock and roll all night and party ever-y day. Then it was every other day. Now I'm lucky to find half an hour a week in which to get funky."

    Wow, "Homerpalooza" hasn't aged well. Apart from the then-popular bands (except for Frampton, of course, he's timeless), there are jokes about the mega-corporation Blockbuster and that has-been company Apple. (This was right before Steve Jobs took over.)
     
  12. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    220 episodes on the Tivo. Plenty of room for more.
     
  13. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I watched a bunch of episodes last night live, and now I can't get the theme out of my head.
     
  14. midas

    midas I heard that

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    We're watching them slowly. We're up to episode 7 on season 2 right now. It's really amazing how good this show was the first few years.
     
  15. MikeMar

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    It's not just amazing how good it was, but HOW many good episodes there were each season from like Seasons 2-8 or whatever the range was
     
  16. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

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  17. ufo4sale

    ufo4sale Well-Known Member

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    Do you have one TiVo dedicated to the Simpsons? Recording all those shows must eat up a lot of HD space.
     
  18. alansh

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    276 hours of space for all 552.

    I'm actually pleasantly surprised they're showing non-cut-for-syndication episodes, and not pushing back the closing credits.
     
  19. FireMen2003

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    I guess, I shall see with the later seasons but it was interesting how all the early seasons had a back story about most of the characters. The secondary characters played a major part in the series.

    I watched Lisa and the old man and I was dying laughing when Homer had the 4 simultaneous heart attacks because Lisa gave back the check for $12k but it was actually $12 million. Code Blue, Code Blue!
     
  20. mwhip

    mwhip All better

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    I am now realizing that hopefully this is a ploy by Fox to realize we need a 24-hour Simpsons channel. Or at the very least do this every year.
     

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